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The 6th International Semantic Web Conference, 2007

Location: Busan, Korea Conference Dates: November 11 (Sunday) - 15 (Thursday), 2007

Meeting all constraints appears impossible, so two get togethers seems to be the solution.

Get together 1: Sunday, 11th November, gather at the Riviera Hotel Lobby at 7pm. [1] (note the Lobby is actually on the 9th floor of the hotel).

Get together 2: Wednesday 14th for pre-conference dinner drinks, for those who can't make Sunday. Meet 6:45pm in the ground floor lobby of the SeaCloud Hotel, for a very informal gathering.

(Original suggested meeting times (now superceded by the plans below) were: Tuesday 13th after the poster/demo session (for a late dinner?), Wednesday 14th over lunch, Wednesday 14th for pre-conference dinner drinks. Venues TBC depending on chosen date/time.


  • DavidPeterson - I will be arriving on the 9th and staying until the 16th - staying at SeaCloud. Skype:david.seth.p
  • MichaelHausenblas will be around at ISWC as well arriving on 10th and leaving on 14th, staying as well at the SeaCloud (skype: mhausenblas)
  • TomHeath - count me in (skype: tommyh_skype)
  • SeanBechhofer - I'll be there.
  • HughGlaser - Me too. And Ian Millard and Afraz Jaffri. Ian and I get there on Monday, so Tue/Wed/Thu would be good.
  • SoerenAuer - I stay at the Bexco (arrive 12th, leave 16th) and will be happy to join (skype: soerenauer).
  • IvanHerman - I arrive on Sunday, stay at the Riviera. Tuesday is not good for me, I already have a dinner arrangement:-(


During the ISWC some ideas came up. Here is the summary:

Status of Resources

Rational: The datasets may change over time. Certain subgraphs may get invalid (eg. cause some wrong data has been used as input) or certain parts of the dataset may only be available under a certain licence (or conditions). The idea is to develop a way to signal this (and maybe other) status information about the resources to the user.


  • Vocabulary
    • based on HTTP ontology and SWPB (not sure if I got it right, Tom)
    • express that a resource is (i) not valid or (ii) not available due to technical or legal issues
  • Protocol (options)
    • map to HTTP codes
    • add additional triples
  • Patches (from Giovanni, semantic sitemaps)


As we found out the other day at the nice Korean restaurant (Jomee or so? Dave?) in Busan down-town it is a matter of fact that researchers are not necessarily good at marketing. We should take some actions on that issue, in order to promote the LOD idea - just think of the LOD workshop at the WWW08):

  • provide promotion logos in different sizes (incl. HTML snippet; ready for copy and paste) - allows people easily to express their support in a unified way
  • create teaser slides (3-5 pages) highlighting LOD principles and applications (and put it on slideshare.net
  • as a kind of LOD-handbook: create a 5-10 paper core paper summarising the LOD principles and describing generic issues; further, invite people to describe their LOD-application and compile a kind of handbook.
Articles - Blog entries

DavidPeterson is just starting to blog about SemWeb for http://sitepoint.com (a fairly popular developer resource) and we discussed good outreach and short howtos for that community to convince them of the benefit of RDF and SemWeb in general. Ideas from you all would be most welcome.


Brewster Kahle from The Internet Archive gave a most inspiring talk on "Universal Access to Human Knowledge". He proposed a challenge to the SemWeb community to work with them to interlink their Open Library project into the SemWeb. It is a gold mine of data for the LOD group. TomHeath & I (DavidPeterson) had a quick chate with Brewster and he is extremely interested in this work and opening a line of communication. Even to the point of putting a new /RDF/ style link into their URIs for books (ex: http://archive.org/details/owlandpussycat00leariala). They already have a mass of metadata.